The secret to layering

It’s that time of year again. The calendar says Spring is here but the weather hasn’t quite got the message! The temperature swings make it so hard to find the right outfit. Is it boots or sandals? Winter coat or summer jacket? The secret to inter-season dressing is layering. My clients love it when I show them how to achieve a successful layered look. It’s actually really, really easy once you know the three key rules. Let me show you how…..

If you haven’t discovered layering yet, you’re missing a trick. Not only does it allow you to deal with the vagaries of the weather, it is also a winning look to hide what you don’t want to show. Wearing layers allows you to create new silhouettes and dress with more flair..  Follow these simple tips to get you started……

Number 1:  Strike the right balance

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Balancing your silhouette is crucial. If you are layering up with scarves and a chunky sweater you need slim legs. Skinny jeans and boots or a slim-line skirt with ballet flats. This works no matter what your size or age. If you are worried about showing your thighs and bottom just wear a longer sweater. A loose blouse works really well to flow over the hips. Boots over slimfit tousers keep the balance going – particularly if you have wider hips.

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Number 2. Think thin

collage 4The general rules are: thin and long first, thick and short last. Start with a sheer, long top and build thin layers getting thicker and shorter. Keep the thickest layer for the top. Sound obvious, doesn’t it, but you’d be surprised how many people I see with a thin mackintosh pulled on over a thick sweater looking like an overstuffed teddy bear. Don’t be afraid to experiment: a long cardigan over a few shorter layers can work well.

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A layered top is a great addition to your wardrobe. Easy to wear – no muffin top here!

Number 3. Keep it clean

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Stick to a simple colour palette and avoid pattern. When you are putting together your layers, lay them out on the bed and create an ensemble that is pleasing to the eye. If you have a patterned jacket, keep everything else absolutely plain. Perhaps use neutrals as your base, choosing different shades of grey, black and cream or mixing orange with red or pink. Use texture to add interest.

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But who says we have to follow the rules? Fashion should always be fun, so experiment and enjoy!

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One thought on “The secret to layering

  1. The turtleneck is back in full force this season—and it’s the perfect layering piece, since it’s streamlined and can sub in for a scarf. Scrunching up the sleeves makes the look significantly less formal.

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